The Tigers and the Strawberry


The Buddha told this story:
A man was walking across a field
when he saw a tiger.

He fled, but the tiger ran after him.
Coming to the edge of a cliff,
he spied the root of a wild vine.

Grabbing onto it, he swung himself
down over the edge,
out of reach of the tiger.
 He was safe!

The tiger came to the edge
and sniffed him from above.
Trembling, the man looked down
and saw another ferocious tiger
prowling below.
 Only the thin vine held him.
Two mice, one white and one black,
scurried out of a nearby nest in the cliff
and began gnawing at the vine.

As they chewed, the man saw
a luscious strawberry
on a nearby ledge.

Grasping the vine with one hand,
he plucked the strawberry with the other.

Ahh, how sweet it tasted!


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